Eloise Smart

Hotel La Casa

  • Where:
  • Why:Sussing Seoul for six fun days.
  • When:November 2013
  • Who:Me + my Seoul mate.
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Hotel La Casa Flame trees. Take that Barnsey.

Flame trees. Take that Barnsey.

Hotel La Casa LOUNGE: Baubles just never looked so good. READING MATTER: Novella, anyone?

LOUNGE: Baubles just never looked so good. READING MATTER: Novella, anyone?

Hotel La Casa Dinner party, anyone?

Dinner party, anyone?

Hotel La Casa Sweet, colourful dreams are made of these.

Sweet, colourful dreams are made of these.

Hotel La Casa I wonder, can I try this at home with my Encyclopedia Britannicas?

I wonder, can I try this at home with my Encyclopedia Britannicas?

Hotel La Casa SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: Seoul shopping is bad-ass. This is the MMMG store stocking Freitag, Lamy, You.Great. MMM MMM….

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: Seoul shopping is bad-ass. This is the MMMG store stocking Freitag, Lamy, You.Great. MMM MMM….

Hotel La Casa Temples of gold.

Temples of gold.

Hotel La Casa Enter at your peril.

Enter at your peril.

Hotel La Casa NICE DIGS.

NICE DIGS.

Hotel La Casa Gorgeous detailing not yet seen on ‘Grand Designs.’

Gorgeous detailing not yet seen on ‘Grand Designs.’

Hotel La Casa KITTY CAT-FE.

KITTY CAT-FE.

Hotel La Casa KITTY CAT-FE : Seoul (weirdos) can pay for an outrageously priced tea in exchange for a pat of a range of (fat, ugly, smelly) cats. Probably the most uncomfortable 15 minutes of my life. And I’m a cat lover.

KITTY CAT-FE : Seoul (weirdos) can pay for an outrageously priced tea in exchange for a pat of a range of (fat, ugly, smelly) cats. Probably the most uncomfortable 15 minutes of my life. And I’m a cat lover.

Hotel La Casa Up around Samcheongdong they like to paint a few walls.

Up around Samcheongdong they like to paint a few walls.

Hotel La Casa Seoul Lantern Festival tells the story of their heroines, heros and villains in life-size lanterns on the river. Epic.

Seoul Lantern Festival tells the story of their heroines, heros and villains in life-size lanterns on the river. Epic.

Hotel La Casa The Seoul Lantern Festival.

The Seoul Lantern Festival.

Hotel La Casa The Seoul Lantern Festival.

The Seoul Lantern Festival.

Hotel La Casa Bibimbap is the heavenly combination of rice, chicken, veggies which is hot, steaming, and perfect for wintry Seoul days.

Bibimbap is the heavenly combination of rice, chicken, veggies which is hot, steaming, and perfect for wintry Seoul days.

Hotel La Casa These gentle hills turn dizzying colours in autumn. Enough to make your instagram explode.

These gentle hills turn dizzying colours in autumn. Enough to make your instagram explode.

Hotel La Casa Up in Insadong on a Saturday you can find the local uni student’s handicrafts from bags to badges.

Up in Insadong on a Saturday you can find the local uni student’s handicrafts from bags to badges.

Hotel La Casa Local schoolgirls dress up to channel their ancestors.

Local schoolgirls dress up to channel their ancestors.

Hotel La Casa Seoul kids are cute.

Seoul kids are cute.

Hotel La Casa Food at Psy’s Mom’s place, Kuai 19.

Food at Psy’s Mom’s place, Kuai 19.

Hotel La Casa CAFFEINE ADDICTS: One of the cutest cups we had in Seoul’s many, many coffee shops.

CAFFEINE ADDICTS: One of the cutest cups we had in Seoul’s many, many coffee shops.

Hotel La Casa La Casa Entrance: Casa sweet casa.

La Casa Entrance: Casa sweet casa.

Highs & Lows

  • Literary surrounds – I’m a sucker for a stack of books and a ladder to reach them, so this foyer entry truly had me at hello.

  • Location - Seoul has ‘spots’ so to find a hotel as high-quality as this, right in the middle of the Gangnam action is a treat. Warning: do not venture out to the local convenience store in your jim jams... the blogger paps do prey in this area.

  • Oppa Gangnam Style - If you were Psy, you would probably need a few more Swarovksis stuck to your door handle to stay here, but as we’re not, and you’re not, this is a damn fine stamp of Seoul style in the center of where it’s at.

  • Bathroom goodies - when you google “what skincare do French women swear by?” this is the answer: “Caudalie.” So when you step into the shower, feel French and fabulous.

  • Fitness – new, clean, spacious, easy.

  • Room size - the Deluxe Double is the smallest room and a touch bare in its furnishings… we’d recommend the Business Double room and up. More bling.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Modern, homely hotel good enough for Psy.

  • Vibe

    Your ideal Scandinavian home. In Asia.

  • Location

    Nestled in the top, left corner of trendy Sinsadong in Gangnam.

  • Rooms

    61

  • Music

    None.

  • Year Opened

    Recent.

  • Designed By

    Italian furniture design company Casamia, who has a dangerously good store next door.

  • Health & Wellness

    Well equipped gym with running machines, pilates balls to fall off, and a view to the pretty park.

  • Restaurant

    Yes.

  • Bar

    No.

  • Children

    A one year old was having a rager in the loft area, but in general I’d say the less low flying objects, the better.

  • Price

    Good value for location and to feel like you’re in a cosy home, not a carbon copy hotel.

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